>> ifill: in the meantime, the president of the international olympic committee says he's asked russian officials to clarify how the law banning homosexual expression will be applied during the games. >> the olympic charter is very clear. it says that sport is a human right and it should be available to all regardless of race, sex or sexual orientation. and the games themselves should be open to all, free of discrimination, so our position is very clear. >> ifill: the russian ambassador to the u.n., answered thursday, speaking to protesters outside his residence in new york. >> all athletes, i can tell you, are going to be just fine, going to be just fine. but we do expect everybody to respect our laws as well. >> ifill: russian police are already reinforcing that point, arresting protesters opposed to the laws. with me now is miriam lanskoy, director for russia and eurasia at the national endowment for democracy. tell me, how did this come to a med right now?